Brewery: Southern Tier
Style: Double India Pale Ale
ABV: 8.2% (Varies from year to year)
Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India pale ale. Southern Tier’s double IPA is a hop lovers dream. Citrusy and clean with an incredible finish. This was my first beer from Southern Tier and it’s what made me fall in love with their brewery.
Southern Tier’s 2xIPA has a very clear, rich, golden colour. An aggressive pour reveals a thick 2 finger head which dissipates quickly and produces very nice lacing.
The hops are definitely there. I smell a very acidic citrus note with a pine and grass smell coming in as well. I can’t really detect any malt on the nose.
The 2xIPA is a lot more balanced than Southern Tier’s Unearthly IIPA. The sweetness from the malt is still there but the hops aren’t lost to it. When you first take a sip you can taste the sweetness but the pine from the hops comes in right afterwards. As the sweetness and pine dies down, notes of pineapple and caramel shine.
The mouthfeel for the 2xIPA is pretty standard for Imperial IPA’s. Medium carbonation with a thicker body. There’s a slight hop bite near the end.
In my opinion the 2xIPA drinks more like a regular IPA than an Imperial IPA. It’s very smooth with little to no boozy notes.
Southern Tier is a great brewery and while I don’t like all of their offerings the 2xIPA is my favourite. The balance of the malt and the hops is perfect and the beer is very affordable. While it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find in Ontario, this beer is well worth the drive across the border where you can find it in bottles and on tap.